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Trip report - Lion Sands & treehouse 9.6 to 9.10.2014

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Trip report - Lion Sands & treehouse 9.6 to 9.10.2014

Last year, I was spending a lot of time on this forum doing my research. And all of your experience and wisdom had help me with my trip planning. Thank you all for the valuable information posted on this forum.

Here is the trip report, almost a year later.

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Hopefully you will find some useful information from our experience. I would be happy to answer questions if you have any.

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1. Re: Trip report - Lion Sands & treehouse 9.6 to 9.10.2014

Love your trip report on Lion Sands and how you surprised H with a treehouse adventure.

Yes, we live in NY too long. We are always suspicious. :-)))

Uh, by the way, they drive on the left side in south africa.

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2. Re: Trip report - Lion Sands & treehouse 9.6 to 9.10.2014

Lol, thank you, Bigwawao. Corrected! :)

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3. Re: Trip report - Lion Sands & treehouse 9.6 to 9.10.2014

Well written and exc photography. What a trip! I also liked that you took many shots of the bush itself rather than just close-ups of animals. It reminds you and readers of the whole environment. You certainly saw a pile of animals!

The lodge is very high standard. What makes RSA exceptional is that their is intense competition between the many lodges and the bar is constantly being raised. You certainly had a wonderful trip and hope the safari bug hooks you.

PS. Photo 2 in 2nd album is a female Kudu not Nyala.

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4. Re: Trip report - Lion Sands & treehouse 9.6 to 9.10.2014

What a fantastic trip report. Loved the detail, and the great sightings - I can't believe you saw black rhino! I live in the bush and have only seen black rhino twice!

Fantastic.

Love what you said about food on safari - and it's so true - you NEVER go hungry. Apart from the game viewing, food is the second biggest thing!!

I am interested to hear more about your visit to the village outside of the Kruger. What did you think of it? Did it feel 'authentic' to you, if that makes sense?

I can understand how nerve-wrecking it could have been thinking about all the variables regarding the treehouse, but I bet you are SO glad you did it, right? Nothing beats being so completely alone with nature, really in the wild. It kind of changes from 'them being in our territory' to 'us being in theirs'!!

You really hit the nail on the end in your last few sentences. I can imagine you as a very happy couple, sharing your last safari moment together with mixed emotions underneath a magnificent sunset. I am so happy for you that you found the Africa you wanted.

Thanks again for your report - it's so nice to hear what others have experienced.

Warm regards

Jacqui Sive l Owner & Safari Specialist, Lodge Trackers l Author, Kruger Safari Guide Blog l

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5. Re: Trip report - Lion Sands & treehouse 9.6 to 9.10.2014

They'll be back. Get bitten by the connection with raw bushlife almost untouched by humans and it resonates deep inside us homo sapiens.

It's actually a complete paradoxical experience. One moment you are eating luxury exotic foods, getting a spa massage etc... then a minute later walking in bush with just the elements.... danger around every corner. For folk who live in concrete jungle it must be a huge thrill. Even those who live close to bush seldom tire of it. Plus lying on couch with zero electricity and just the stars to look at surrounded by sounds of animals... well that's something we all did till about 300 years ago. Not many places left now.

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6. Re: Trip report - Lion Sands & treehouse 9.6 to 9.10.2014

MGM1954 & LodgeTrackers

Thank you both for your feedback. Glad you enjoy reading the report.

LodgeTracker, I purposely left the visit to the village outside the Kruger out of the report because I was not sure how I felt about it. It was interesting to see the village life for sure. The resources & supports were given, and the challenges the villagers were facing. I was glad to see that our lodge contribute to the education of the village children. What I found so surprising, and of course this came from someone who grew up in the big city, was that the children were so open and trusting to strangers. They welcomed us with open arms and curiosities. They were absolutely adorable.

We visited 2 different schools. I felt a bit uneasy when the children were performing for us with recitals and songs in every classroom that we visited. Although it was done with good intentions, I thought that could be quite disruptive to the classes if there were frequent visitors. After all, we didn't come to the village expecting performances from the children, and why should they? My husband thought I was thinking too much into it and Perhaps I was. I much prefer that we could quietly observe the school/village without being intrusive and allow any interactions with the children to be more natural and organic.

MGM1954, you are 100% correct. There is no words to describe the feeling when you went on Safari. This is our first Safari trip, but will not be our last for sure. The tree house was one of the highlight and it definitely made me thinking about tent safari for the next time…..

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7. Re: Trip report - Lion Sands & treehouse 9.6 to 9.10.2014

Lion Sands is my favorite lodge ! I am happy you experience such a wonderful trip. Jono was my ranger too on my last trip.

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8. Re: Trip report - Lion Sands & treehouse 9.6 to 9.10.2014

Great TR, thanks for sharing your experience and your pictures. We are planning a similar trip next year, same Aug-Sept timeframe, so all details regarding weather, clothes, etc. were extremely helpful.

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9. Re: Trip report - Lion Sands & treehouse 9.6 to 9.10.2014

xyz99. Book soonish. Whole world is discovering Kruger, pvt and govt sections. I don't know of one other destination on the globe where visitors are booking 11-12 months in advance. We go late July and booked 10 months in advance. But those were the good old days. Obviously not every lodge is taken... but those that have a reputation go first.

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10. Re: Trip report - Lion Sands & treehouse 9.6 to 9.10.2014

MGM,

Funny you said that...our trip is booked already, so thanks for convincing me I am not crazy, but there is a good reason why I booked so early. We'll confirm everything after we book the flights.